Division I - Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering

Division I comprises twenty KIT research institutes, the KIT Department of Chemistry and Biosciences and the KIT Department of Chemical and Process Engineering as well as the Helmholtz Research Field Information with P2 - Natural, Artificial and Cognitive Information Processing (NACIP) und P3 - Materials Systems Engineering (MSE).

Together we are focusing on our new research theme "Material and energy cycles in circular economy, life science engineering, process technology and digitalization". In this way, we research and teach the latest processes and methods of material and energy conversion for the circular economy and build a synergistic bridge to the life sciences. In terms of content, the size scales are addressed both theoretically and experimentally from nanogram synthesis to the near-industrial ton scale. All research in Division I is geared to the requirements of a resource-efficient data-based society.

Professor Dr. Andrea Robitzki has been Head of Division I since February 15th, 2020,

Head of Division Prof. Andrea Robitzki
Head of Division I

Prof. Dr. Andrea Robitzki







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Material and energy circuits in circular economy, life science engineering, process technology and digitization

At Energy Lab 2.0., KIT’s scientists study and test hydrogen and associated processes. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)
Hydrogen Technologies: KIT Is Involved in All Three German Lead Projects

Research to Accelerate Production, Transportation, and Use of Green Hydrogen.

Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT With a promising combination of cathode and electrolyte, the HIU researchers aim to make a very high energy density possible. (Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT)
Record-breaking Lithium-metal Cell

Nickel-rich Cathode and Ionic Liquid Electrolyte Enable Extremely High Energy Density and Good Stability – Researchers Report in Joule.

Green hydrogen is a hope for the energy transition. Successful use, however, requires detailed understanding of its production processes. (Photo: Pascal Armbruster, KIT)
Green Hydrogen: Focus on the Catalyst Surface

For the First Time, Researchers Study the Behavior of a Catalyst for Water Electrolysis on the Atomic Level.

The automated plant will produce new materials for drug discovery and materials science through a combination of established equipment and open hardware components. (Foto: Patrick Hodapp, KIT)
Automated chemical synthesis: reliable production and rapid knowledge gain

KIT Invests About Four Million Euros in Facility for Automated Synthesis - Efficient processes to accelerate the development of innovative materials

The container plant at Energy Lab 2.0 produces up to 200 l synthetic fuel mix per day. (Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT)
Synthetic Fuels: Successful Coupled Operation of Container Plant System at KIT

Power-to-liquid Plant with Optimized Reactor Design at Energy Lab 2.0 - Synthesis Gas Production from CO2 Combined with Fuel Production

The scientists want to intensify research on old cereal landraces to enable the production of baked goods that are better tolerated by the human body. (Photo: Dr. Klaus Fleißner, LfL)
Sustainable Food: Healthier Cereal Products Made from Old Landraces

“ReBIOscover” Project to Promote the Use of Old Wheat, Rye, and Barley Landraces for the Production of Healthier Cereal Products

Microorganisms feel at ease in biofilms. In the microscope image, they are marked in different colors. (Photo: Ahmed Zoheir, KIT)
Bioeconomy: Taking Microbes out of Dark and into the Light

Research Alliance Develops New Methods for Screening and Cultivating Biotechnologically Promising Microorganisms.

The combination of sensors and materials simulates the artificial sense of smell. (Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT)
“E-Nose” Can Discriminate Various Mint Scents

Interdisciplinary KIT research group develops and tests artificial scent identification using sensors based on novel material combinations